Home Comfort Trends for 2017

February 08, 2017

Picture it: you are collecting your things at the office and miles away at your home, the oven kicks on to make dinner. The air conditioner is notified and makes adjustments to deliver more cool air to offset the oven’s added heat. When you come home the lights automatically turn on as you enter, dinner is prepared, and your home is at the perfect temperature.

That’s the dream! And also the type of advanced home interconnectivity that is accessible now and 2017 could be an essential year for advancements in how your home’s heating and cooling systems function as part of the team.

“Smart phones radically changed our lives in part because they allowed countless apps to make our lives simpler and richer,” said Rob Haines, Marketing Manager for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “We predict that in 2017, developers will be concentrating on more new apps that let all of your home’s systems and appliances interact versus being siloed, and this will create breakout new advancements in how your home’s HVAC system works.”

Smart thermostats and sophisticated newer HVAC systems can already send notifications to you about energy use and regular maintenance such as air filter replacement. Future systems could even be able to recognize a potential equipment failure before it occurs and notify your heating and cooling repair company to reach out to you and set up a technician’s visit. The technician will arrive with the knowledge about the problem and the needed parts to repair it.

Another work in progress is the use of infrared heat sensing in the home that will conclude which rooms are in use by family and guests and actually send heating and cooling specifically to those areas.

“Zoned heating and air conditioning systems have been one of the largest growing parts of the heating and cooling industry for quite a few years, and that will remain a big opportunity,” said Haines. “Increasingly, systems will concentrate on heating and cooling specific regions of the home as needed to enhance comfort and energy efficiency.”

And yes, Haines adds, the millennials are driving the trends for at-home connectivity and more efficient heating and air conditioning systems. “As millennials purchase their homes, they expect their home systems like HVAC to not only do what they are told, but to monitor and modify themselves and to proactively provide feedback to the homeowner. We also notice that the millennials and Generation X are much more aware about energy efficiency and those effects of their heating and air conditioning systems.”

While February is an ideal time to look at trends for the year, it’s also a perfect time to take advantage of savings that will pay off in the upcoming seasons. Right now many Service Experts centers are giving free or deeply discounted equipment when you invest in a qualifying item, such as a free furnace when you purchase an air conditioner. Heating tune-ups are also deeply discounted just in time for the coldest months of the year. Call Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts in Kitchener today to schedule a no-charge in-home estimate or to set up a heating tune up to make sure your system is ready to keep you safe and warm all winter long.

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